McKenzie River & Old Cascade Crest Region Adventures

The McKenzie River and Old Cascade Crest region have so much to offer advanced mountain bikers; you’ll need at least a few days of riding to get familiar with the region. Join Cog Wild for a multi-day mountain bike adventure in the McKenzie River and Old Cascade Crest Region to get away from it all and refill your bucket.

We’ve been riding here since 2006 and the trails still feel remote and pristine. Even though access to these trails is made much easier with Cog’s support, expect an ‘earn your turns” feel to the rides.

Multi-Day Mountain Bike Adventures in McKenzie & Old Cascade Crest

Day 0

Meet in Bend at noon and travel to our campsite near the headwaters of the famous McKenzie River. We’ll do a ride from camp to stretch our legs and make sure our bikes and bods are working well. Plan for a meet and greet happy hour at 5 PM, followed by dinner. We’ll continue getting to know each other around the campfire then retire to rest up for a big day of riding.

Mileage: approximately 10 miles

Day 1

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll ride the classic McKenzie River Trail. World renowned for amazing waterfalls, technical lava riding and a deep rainforest feel, the MRT is quintessential NorthWest riding. 27 miles in length, and every inch is worthy. Don’t be fooled, even though we head downriver, our legs will be plenty tired by the time we return to camp for food and chillaxing.

Mileage: 15 to 27 miles

Day 2

We’ll shuttle up to a high start point and ride O’Leary, King Castle and Castle Rock Trails. With around 4000′ of descending with 1200′ climbing throughout this day, we will maximize high quality riding. A little off the beaten path, these trails are narrow and pristine. Before heading back to camp for the evening, we have the option for a side trip to Belknap Hot Springs, pack your swimsuit 🙂

Mileage: about 20 miles

Day 3

After breaking camp, we’ll head up to the Old Cascade Crest where we’ll ride through old growth forests, across expansive meadows and take in massive views of nearly all the peaks in the Cascade Range. Steep, rugged and rarely ridden, the OCC trails are a hoot to ride with the best dirt you can dream of.

Mileage: 10 to 20 miles

Scar Mountain Trail in the Old Cascade Crest

2024 Dates:

  • August 22nd-25th

$ 1249 per person for a 3.5 day trip includes:

  • 3.5 days of mountain biking on the MRT, O’Leary/King Castle and OCC
  • Guide service & support
  • All transportation to and from Bend and during the tour
  • Three nights of camping at the same site
  • All meals from from dinner the first night to lunch on the last day as well as trail side snacks
  • Beverages from Deschutes Brewery, Humm Kombucha, and Polar Seltzer
  • Badge of honor: Cog Wild patch

From our main office in Bend, we rent Ibis and Santa Cruz hardtail and full suspension bikes and have access to most bike brands through the many bike shops in Bend. Come early to get fitted to your bike or we can bring the bike of your choice to the campsite.

If you are flying in to Bend and plan to travel down to McKenzie with the guides, consider adding a day in Bend before or after the tour. Cog Wild is located at LOGE Bend, where you can get a hotel room and add a guided ride or shuttle.

Not for the faint of heart, the water in the McKenzie River & Old Cascade Crest Region is chilly but you’ll want to jump in anyway.
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